Afghanistan beat Middlesex Club in warm-up clash
Afghanistan Cricket Board spokesman Farid Hotak told Pajhwok Afghan News the Middlesex, one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English and Welsh domestic cricket structure, batted first and set Afghanistan 161 runs target for the loss of three wickets.
For Afghanistan, Aftab Alam clinched two wickets and Gulbadin Naib one, said Hotak, adding the national side chased the target in the 19th over for the loss of four wickets.
He said Shehzad Mohammadi once again played well and contributed 69 runs to the side. He was followed by Asghar Stanikzai with 37 runs while Samiullah Shinwari made 28 runs.
Afghanistan have previously won a practice match, but lost a second one. It was Afghanistan’s second victory in the warm-up ties.
The Afghans are in England to play practice matches against local clubs as part their preparations for the ICC Twenty20 World Cup qualifier to be played in Ireland and Scotland across eight venues from July 9 to 26.
The participating teams had been divided into two groups and three teams from each group would make their way to the T20 World Cup to be played in India next year.
ACB officials and the cheif coach had said the side had gone through tough practice sessions at home before leaving for England, where they would undergo further training.
Afghanistan are placed in the Group B with the United Arab Emirates, Holland, Scotland, Canada, Kenya and Oman. The Group A includes Ireland, Nepal, Hong Kong, PNG, Namibia, USA and Jersey.
The team is: Asghar Stanikzai (captain), Javed Ahmadi, Nawroz Mangal, Mohammad Nabi Issakhel, Samiullah Shinwari, Shahzad Mohammadi, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Najib Zadran, Dawlat Zadran, Shahpur Zadran, Hamid Hassan, Sharfuddin Ashraf, Gulbadin Naib, Aftab Alam and Mirwais Ashraf.
Standby players include Karim Sadiq, Farid Malak and Osman Ghani.
The top six sides from the 18-day tournament during which 51 matches will be played will join the 10 Full Members for the ICC World Twenty20 in India, which will be held from March 11 to April 3, 2016.
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